Thatís day 1 of the Wimbledon Cup 2018 completed and it was certainly
not short of talking points.
In the second session of the day, we saw the Womenís 1st round and the
Menís 2nd round of fixtures being played on a Friday night at WRFC.
In the menís, World No. 55 Richie Fallows came up against Sussexís
Curtis Malikís on Court 4, which turned out to be an intriguing game.
Fallows edged the first two games 12-10, 11-8 and looked to have the
momentum. But Malik fought back in the third game to win convincingly
11-5, before falling short in the fourth.
19 year old Tom Walsh faced Stuart George at 2pm and Walsh didnít have
many problems against the Scotsman, although George did threaten to turn
it around in the third game. Walsh won 11-3, 11-3, 11-9.
Surrey based player Jordan Warne was disappointed to not win a game in
his clash against Vini Rodrigues, especially as the match finished 11-9,
13-11, 11-3. In the end Rodrigues had too much quality for the 19 year
old, although he showed many signs of coming back into the match.
Abhay Singh came out on top against Josh Owen on Court 2. The final
match of the day turned out to be a heated, aggressive clash, with Singh
winning 11-9, 11-8, 11-9.
In the tightest match of the session, Neil Cordell took Jaymie Haycocks
to five games, with the match finishing 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 9-11, 13-11.
Joe Green, ranked 155th in the world, took on Olli Pett and lost in 4
games to 23-year-old Green: 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3.
The highlight of the day had to be Sam Todd vs Ben Coleman. Todd is the
u17 British champion and Coleman is No. 43 in the world, so on paper it
already makes for a fascinating clash. And on court it didnít disappoint
either; the 15 year old took Coleman to 5 games, before just falling
short to the 27 year old. A large crowd gathered in numbers and the
atmosphere above Court 2 was at itís very peak. Both players received a
strong ovation and should be proud of their performances. The match
finished 7-11, 11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 11-4, with the Colemanís experience
being the deciding factor.
Coleman will face Kyle Finch in the Quarterfinals. Finch took on Anthony
Rogal in the 18:45 match and came out on top in another close match at
WRFC: 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 14-12.
In the womenís, perhaps the most intriguing match was world No. 11
Alison Waters taking on 14-year-old Torrie Malik. Malik may have lost in
three games but it was nevertheless an impressive performance from her
against her 34-year-old opponent. The result was 11-0, 11-5, 11-3.
Waters will face Ciara Richards next round who was victorious against
Bruna Marchesa-Petrillo, winning 11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 13-11.
Lily Taylor showed too much quality for Katriona Allen, beating her
11-3, 11-5, 11-2
Taylor will face Salma Alameldin next, who got the win against Jasmine
Hutton in another 3 game womenís match. It finished 11-7, 11-8, 11-7.
Kace Bartley had a very impressive performance against 18-year-old Katie
Wells, beating her convincingly 11-3, 11-5, 13-11.
Elspeth Young from Scotland took the victory against Margot Prow,
winning 4-11, 3-11, 15-13, 11-9, 11-7.
The final two games both went the distance, with Amy Jones beating
Emilia Korhonen 3-11, 11-5, 11-3, 12-10. And Misaki Kobayashi winning
11-7, 11-5, 6-11 11-6 against Leicesterís Mari Taylor.
Tomorrowís action begins with the menís and womenís quarterfinals -
starting from 11:15am
Thatís the first session of the Wimbledon Cup 2018
finished and itís safe to say weíve seen some incredible squash already.
We started the day with Jaymie Haycocks breezing past Martin Ross in 3
games. Jaymie, the 34-year-old showed too much quality against his
Scottish opponent on this occasion.
Haycocks faces Cordell in this next round, who also had a routine win
against Edinburgh based Jamie Henderson.
However, in the other 12:30 matches, it was anything but routine
victories for Olli Pett and Joe Green.
30-year-old Pett faces left hander Green in Round 2, who both had to
overcome brutal five game matches to earn their place in the next round.
British U17 champion Sam Todd fought hard to beat Chris Leiper over 5
games winning 10-12, 11-6, 9-11, 13-11, 11-7. The 15-year-old faces
Essex born Ben Coleman in the next round which promises to be a great
Tino Mackay can count himself lucky for getting this far in the
Wimbledon Cup. The Scotsman was drawn as the lucky loser in place of
Sean Conroy, who pulled out of the tournament. As if it was meant to be,
Mackay faced his opponent from the qualifiers one night before.
Unfortunately for Mackay, he could not make the most of his chance and
the result was the same as before. Once again, 19-year-old Jordan Warne
came on top in three games. The Surrey based player will face Vini
Rodrigues in Round 2.
World number 55, Richie Fallows had to fight hard to overcome WRFC
player Seigo Masuda in 5 games. He will face Malik in Round 2, who also
went the distance in a heated clash against Ben Coates.
Unfortunately for Hasnaat Farooqi, he had to concede in a match in the
third game after rolling his ankle Ė meaning his opponent Tom Walsh will
come up against Stuart George in the next round.
Now on to the second round, to see who can book their place in the
Wimbledon Cup 2018 Quarter Finals.
Everyone at Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club looks forward to
welcoming you to The Wimbledon Cup, PSA Satellite Tour event.
The club is just an 8 minute walk from Wimbledon Station and The
Wimbledon Cup is one of the UK's longest running professional squash
events on the tournament calendar. It has been running since 1937 and
many world renowned squash players have won the Wimbledon Cup during
WORLD CLASS PLAYERS
This year, The Wimbledon Cup includes a men's and a ladies international
draw that attracts top 50 world ranked players including:
JOEL MAKIN - men's World no.33 and Welsh number 1, he recently defeated
World no.1 Mohamed El Shorbagy in the Channel VAS tournament and
recently played in the US Open and lost to World no.2 Ali Farag.
ALISON WATERS - ladies World no.9, four time British Champion and
double-medalist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
BEN COLEMAN - men's World no.43, the Essex man is a former member of
RICHIE FALLOWS - men's World no.60 and just won his fifth PSA title in
SAM TODD - current U15 British Junior Open Champion and one of England's
brightest junior talents.
OLLI PETT - former men's World no.58 and WRFC men's first team player
MISAKI KOBAYASHI - ladies World no.52 and WRFC ladies first team player.